Book Week

Book Week 2013 – Read Across the Universe

Once again we did lots of fun activities to celebrate Book Week.  We had a Read Across the Universe Challenge and lots of children unleashed their creativity again as you can see here.  We had lots of fun creating our Shelfies and each class participated in our Reading Minutes Challenge with a very impressive result!

Throughout Book Week we had Guest Readers in the LRC and on our Book Week celebration day the whole school dressed up as their favourite book characters….

Book Week 2013 on PhotoPeach

Book Week 2013 on PhotoPeach


Book Week  2012 – Champions Read

As part of our Book Week celebrations we have had a Champions Read Challenge where students were encouraged to unleash their creativity.  Many of our students have certainly done that and had lots of fun along the way!  

We have enjoyed watching a wide variety of student created videos based on Champions Read this week.  People have re-written and performed songs, innovated on ideas from commercials, written short skits, filmed book dominoes and created inspiring slideshows and videos to promote reading in a variety of original ways.

Other students have made cakes, models, posters  and Minecraft images that you can look at below…

It is wonderful to be able to work with such creative students!  Congratulations everyone!


We had a fabulous Drop Everything Read day on Friday to celebrate Champions Read for Book Week as well as the National Year of Reading…

There were lots of students wearing comfortable pyjamas ready to read and share their favourite books.  There were also Reading Champions  flashing their medals and trophies as well as Super Reading Heroes inspiring us to read! One family even joined in the day by sending photos of themselves wearing their pyjamas on their holiday at the snow!

Classes read and shared their favourite books, participated in art activities with the short-listed Picture Books, watched our Champions Read Challenge videos, made Book Monster bookmarks, sang “We Will Read It”  and the lucky Preps read with their Year 6 Buddies.  

Have a look at  how  Grade 4VL , Grade 4EH  , Grade 2V  and Prep D celebrated our DEAR day in their classrooms.

Book Week 2010 – Across the Story Bridge

Across the Story Bridge

Story Bridges by Grade 4 and 3M

Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs

The Grade Four classes had lots of fun drawing Mr Chicken hanging off The Eiffel Tower!

Schumann the Shoeman

 For their Schumann the Shoeman activities Grade 6D discussed what legacy they would like to leave behind at St Martin’s. They then created their own unique shoes and recorded their legacy. Grade 3BY used modelling clay to carefully create their Schumann the Shoeman shoes.

Bob Graham – Author/Illustrator Study

Grade 3BP enjoyed reading books by Bob Graham and created their own Bob Graham Story Bridge.

Isabella’s Garden

Grade 3BY created their own artwork inspired by Isabella’s Garden

Book Week 2009 – Book Safari

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 This year we celebrated Book Week in Term 4 because we had to move our LRC. We didn’t have a space for our Book Week Parade so we thought outside the square and had an Online Book Safari. 119 students and some of the teachers sent in photos of themselves with books that have taken them on journeys or to wonderful locations. Some students dressed as a book character from their books or had their photos taken in interesting locations. We made this into a Book Safari slideshow on our LRC MyClasses page.

Mrs Collins created wonderful Book Safari displays for our temporary LRC and these are on our LRC Displays page

Below is some of the work students completed in the LRC or with their classroom teachers during Book Week…

As part of their Book Safari, Grade 2ED read A Dog Called Bear by Martine Murray. They used plastic forks to create their dogs and make them look scruffy. 



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Grade 2ED also used their cutting, pasting and drawing skills to create some colourful lions.  

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The Grade 5 and 6 classes read the short-listed book The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson. They completed a Six Thinking Hats activity with the book. One of the activities involved creating a new leg for Jeremy.   Under Miss Pitcher’s guidance, Grade 6P used different art techniques to create Jeremy. They used pencil shading over a template or painting using a fork. Look closely for some of Jeremy’s new leg ideas.


Grade 1M, 1C and 1/2T enjoyed reading the short-listed book SundayChutney by Aaron Blabey. It took them a few weeks to colour and cut out Sunday and then decide on a holiday destination or activity for Sunday and illustrate it like a photo. You can see some of their work in the slideshare below.

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Grade 2D were lucky to work with our talented Reading Recovery Teacher, Mrs Scully (who is VERY creative) to do their artwork. We read the short-listed book Puffling by Margaret Wild in the LRC. Grade 2D cut out the head, body, wings and tail of Puffling and then glued them on a page to create their own Puffling. Then they cover their template with paper and coloured over it with different coloured pencils. you can see their wonderful Puffling creations in the video below. Mrs Scully also did a Book Week art session with some of the teachers…Thanks for sharing your skills and talents with us Mrs Scully!


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Grade 5S read Colin Thompson’s book “The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness” and they used their creative thinking to design a new leg for Jeremy the dog who only had three legs. They have some very creative ideas…

Book Week 2008 – Fuel Your Mind

The Peasant Prince

These are some of the Grade 3 and 4 responses to the Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin. The students were asked to include a picture of Li dancing, a frog, some red and some Chinese newspaper in their artwork.


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The Night Garden

Grade Twos created their own Night Garden silhouettes based on The Night Garden by Elise Hurst.

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Fuel Your Mind Hat Parade

To celebrate Book Week this year each child designed their own hat to wear in our Fuel Your Mind Hat Parade to show how they fuel their minds. Some classes designed their hats to reflect their Inquiry topics including healthy eating, the Olympic Games and different cultures. Other classes brainstormed the many ways we fuel our minds with ideas, information and creativity. These are some of our wonderfully creative hats from P-6!!

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9 thoughts on “Book Week

  1. Dear Miss Yeomans,

    I really love the blog it is so cool and I think everyone at school thinks so too!!

    I go on the blog everyday because I know that some children don’t go the blog when you have put so much effort into it all!

    Keep up the good work!

    Rebecca 4c

  2. Thank you Miss Yeomans for making the video to share the artistic work done by the wonderful students in 2ED. Well done to Emma for your creative teaching.

  3. Dear Miss Yeomans, Thank you for creating this blog for St. Martins. I love reading and putting my words on line.
    Grace R. 2ED

  4. I like reading books because they’re funny.
    I always like being at the LRC
    Love Marc R

  5. Dear Miss Yeomans,
    I just wanted to say hi to all my friends and old teachers.
    I miss you and everyone so much!
    I love the hats and all the great work you did on the blog since I’ve been gone.

    Love Ingrid M

  6. Hi Caitlin

    Thank you for leaving us a comment. I’m really glad to hear you like our LRC Blog!

    Say hello to Mrs Toomey and Mrs Collins for me.

    Happy reading!

    Miss Y 🙂

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